Summer is here, and with summer comes long days, long road trips, and long weekends away. But particularly when it comes to those long road trips and your car, it’s important to make sure you’re staying on top of maintenance. Today, we wanted to talk about one of the most important pieces of car maintenance: taking care of your brakes. You don’t want to be caught with failing brakes miles away from home, but with a little care and – if necessary – a visit to our Alpena, MI Ford service center, you can embark on your road trips and commutes without worrying about your brakes.

So how do you know if your brakes need some help? For starters, pay attention to the sound. Squealing or grinding noises usually indicate wear and tear on your brake pads. Try not to wait for the grinding sound! If your brakes are squealing, the sooner you get them fixed, the less it will cost you in the long run. If your brakes are pulling to one side, that’s another indication that something is wrong.

Pulling to the side can mean your brakes are misaligned, brake fluid is leaking, or something else, so you’ll want to consult an expert to diagnose the problem. Even if you’re not noticing these issues, or other signs of brake problems like a pulsating brake pedal, clicking noises, or drag, it’s good to be on top of brake maintenance. You can save big bucks with twice-yearly brake check-ups to catch problems before they start, and our Ford service experts are ready and waiting to help with everything from replacing brake pads to flushing fluids.

Here at Dean Arbour Ford of Alpena, we want everyone to enjoy these long summer days – but we want you to do it safely. Take care of those brakes and you’ll have many more road trips to enjoy your 2018 Ford F-150 or 2018 Ford Escape. Visit us today to learn more about how to keep on top of brake maintenance and make your drives a little safer.